In 2002, documentary photographer, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, began a seven-year project photographing U.S. Navy SEALs and their families for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at this community, their dedication to service and the daily sacrifices they make, for her book SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice published in 2009.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Stephanie Freid-Perenchio was given the rare opportunity to observe the Naval Special Warfare community in action with an unusually high level of access. A collection of mostly black and white photographs, SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice sheds light on a culture most have never seen nor fully understood. She earned the trust of the SEAL community and her photographs achieve an extraordinary level of intimacy and insight into a world normally cloaked in secrecy and masculinity. Her photographs bear witness to the ways being at war impacted the SEAL community, including the effects of longer and more frequent deployments and the tragic increase in the number of SEALs killed in action and training.
Since publishing her book in 2009, Stephanie has stayed involved with the SEAL community and has advocated on behalf of SEALs and their families as an ambassador for the Navy SEAL Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping the families of fallen SEALs.
Stephanie’s other passions and photography projects have taken her around the globe—from developing nations to document the importance of maternal health to behind the closed borders of North Korea to explore the vast gap between reality and the official North Korean party line.
Stephanie has a husband, four daughters, and many spoiled horses and dogs. She lives in Sun Valley, Idaho, where she is co-chair for the Family of Woman Film Festival and founder of the Sun Valley Global Affairs Forum.